Category Archives: Zen

Life Paintings

Gallery Two – Life Paintings

Mt. Diablo by Frank Kliewer
Mt. Diablo

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Three Women by Frank Kliewer
Three Women

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Mill Fishing by Frank Kliewer
Mill Fishing

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Out of Order... Back to Nature
Out of Order… Back to Nature

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Terry's Zen Garden

Terry’s Zen Garden

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Master of the Air

Master of the Air

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Master of the Sea
Master of the Sea

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Master of the Land
Master of the Land

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These paintings are part of a gallery series ( click here ).

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Sandcastles

Sand Castles
Sandcastles

 

We are like children building a sandcastle. We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of coloured glass. The castle is ours, off-limits to others. Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sandcastle away. The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea.

Pema Chödrön

 

Beauty and the Muck

Today’s post features a painting hanging in the Art and Zen Sanctuary.

Beauty and the Muck
Beauty and the Muck

This work is painted in acrylic on a hand-crafted custom wood panel, painted around the 1.75″ edges and measuring 96” x 24” with rounded corners. This art is now employed as a mirror imaged background for the composite header now at the top of each page, along with our enlightenment frog sitting as a guide.

The significance of the lotus flower in the Zen tradition is about beauty rising out of the muck where it grows. This is similar to freeing our minds through meditation, rising above the mess around us in the world today.

Bless you all as you deal with task of finding the best space to elevate your consciousness.

 

Death Poem

There is no death when...

There is no death when stars implode

A stream of atoms coalesce in some temporary terminus…

A planet, a person, a life.

We are made of stars yet blindly grope

For fame and immortality, for hope.

If we could only see our brilliance

Or that we are the true alien wanderers,

That we are one and never alone

And already home,

We would find our place in infinity.

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Mary E. Fleisch

There is no death

There is no death

Only change,

There is no death.

In an endless stream,

Flows our breath.

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Reassess our measurement of time:

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays.

Man alone measures time.

Man alone chimes the hour.

And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”

― Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

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Being in the moment is the Zen solution.

Our vow:  Be where we are, require nothing…accept everything.  Easier said than done, but keep at trying, that is all we can do.

The Art of Zen Warriors

The Art of Zen Warriors

The Art of Zen Warriors
The Art of Zen Warriors

In Japan the samurai practiced Zen to master the sword. As long as the samurai was afraid of losing his life, he could not act with his full ability. When he was free from the idea of killing or being killed, he could just react to his enemy’s activity, and win. If he tried to win, he might lose. So practicing how to act without fear, which limits your activity, is the most important thing. Although it was a matter of surviving on the battlefield, the samurai fought his fight during his meditation practice.

Shunryu Suzuki